BATTAMBANG, 1 February 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism will promote Cambodia’s far-northwest Battambang province as a heritage tourist destination, with assistance from an Hungarian aid programme.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quotd Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying the project would be carried out jointly with Hungary, which is supporting efforts to diversify tourism to improve rural economies.
The Battambang plan involves the creation of tourist accommodation, improvements in transport and better security enforcement to ensure tourists are not cheated. Read more
YANGON, 24 January 2017: Yangon Heritage Trust recognised, the Bogyoke Aung San Market, also know as Scott Market, on Bogyoke Aung San Street as the latest historic landmark to receive a Blue Plaque.
The award was presented last Friday.
YHT awards Blue Plaques to distinguish Yangon’s top architectural landmarks. Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed on public places to commemorate a link between locations and a famous person, event, or landmark. They serve as historical markers. Read more
YANGON, 13 December 2016: Yangon Division government will open a public downtown waterfront area next year to improve the city’s leisure activities.
Irrawaddy media reported that a waterfront area along Strand Road from the downtown streets of Pansodan to Sule Pagoda will open to the public first, followed by other waterfront projects later.
The area is close to the downtown heritage zone where century-old British colonial buildings line the streets. Read more
QUANG NAM, 7 December 2016: Quang Nam will introduce hot-air balloon flights during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday next January to attract more visitors to the World Heritage town.
Local media quoted the provincial department of Culture, Sports and Tourism vice director, Ho Tan Cuong, saying the project will be the newest service for tourists visiting Hoi An, My Son Sanctuary and Cham Island.
The flight will go between Hoi An and My Son Sanctuary in Duy Xuyen district, offering a bird’s eye view for tourists of Hoi An and old Cham towers in My Son Sanctuary, he said. Read more
YANGON, 3 October 2016: The Yangon Heritage Trust outlines its conservation strategy for the country’s former capital.
Irrawaddy media reported the “Yangon Heritage Strategy” is a 150-page report that outlines YHT’s vision and strategy to combine heritage conservation with sustainable development.
The strategy includes 24 action plans on issues ranging from expansion of green space to improved streetscapes to transform downtown Yangon into a future international hub for arts and culture. Read more
ISTANBUL, 15 July 2016: The UN’s cultural agency on Wednesday added Mali’s legendary earthen buildings to its heritage-in-danger list, saying a lack of security was preventing conservation of the site, and also expressed concern over the impact of tourism on monuments in Uzbekistan.
Mali’s old towns of Djenne, 570 kilometres (350 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, have been inhabited since 250 BC and are characterised by the extraordinary use of earth in their architecture.
The houses, roughly 2,000 of which have survived, are built on a small hill to protect them from seasonal flooding. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 7 June 2016: Phnom Penh authorities are discussing how to preserve historical buildings in the capital city as real estate developers clear sites to make way for high-rise buildings.
Khmer Times quoted Phnom Penh governor, Pa Socheatvong, saying meetings have discussed ways to protect the architectural heritage of Phnom Penh, but critics say it maybe too late as regulations and zoning laws remain weak, or ignored by wealthy investors.
“National and local governments will create a master plan to conserve Phnom Penh by limiting the number of high-rise buildings surrounding urban heritage sites between now and 2030.” Read more
KUCHING, 13 May 2016: Paradesa Borneo, an adventure travel company specialising in cycle tours in Sarawak introduced new historical bike tours on a revamped website earlier this week.
Its newest cycle itinerary, adopts the theme of a “fort-to-fort project” developed by the state’s ministry of tourism to identify a heritage route linked to the legacy of the White Rajahs who ruled Sarawak prior to World War II.
Officially launched, last month, by Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism Sarawak at Square Tower, Kuching Waterfront the ‘Fort to Fort Trail’ links 20 forts built by the White Rajahs over 105 years. Read more
RAKHINE STATE, 1 February 2016: Mrauk U Heritage Trust says heritage zones in Mrauk U, Rakhine State, are under threat due to renovations of pagodas have strayed from the original designs.
Myanmar Timed reported the Department of Archaeology and the National Museum in Sittwe are both operating construction sites.
Mrauk U Heritage Trust chairman, Daw Khin Than, alleged that the two agencies had destroyed ancient architecture through faulty restoration work that did not faithfully conform to historical records. Read more
SINGAPORE, 29 January 2016: The rejuvenated Chinatown Heritage Centre officially opened Thursday, promising to tell a richer story of Chinatown’s evolution.
The story opens with its early days as a migrant settlement and closes with vibrant heritage precinct that it is today.
Visitors to the centre can expect a more comprehensive Chinatown story narrative that goes beyond the 1960s, and more in-depth collection of personal stories from the Chinatown community. Read more